Great emphasis has been placed on indoor air quality during the pandemic and for good reason. The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads, at least in part, through aerosol transmission. Therefore, it makes sense that facilities managers would focus on the efficiency of heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. However, maintaining these systems is important for other reasons as well. Deep cleaning provides HVAC energy efficiency that prolongs the life of equipment and also removes contaminants from the air. It improves worker health, morale, and productivity. It also helps buildings meet ASHRAE standards and guidelines. Clean systems help in hitting temperature set points too. That reduces energy costs, which is never far from the minds of building managers.
Improving HVAC Energy Efficiency
Things that affect HVAC energy efficiency include built-up dust and debris in mechanical systems. This makes systems work longer to achieve the desired results. When systems fail to meet and maintain temperature set points, the air feels stale and conditions become uncomfortable. Odors develop and the risk of mold increases as well.
HVAC Hygiene Assessment
The first step towards a solution is to get an overview of the situation. An HVAC assessment gives managers and engineers the data needed to improve system performance. As systems collect dust and dirt over time their performance degrades. Higher energy costs and more maintenance calls result. In addition, failure to properly regulate temperatures leads to uncomfortable conditions for building occupants. Poor IAQ also results which affects the health and morale of staff. After an HVAC assessment, which includes performance testing and analysis of collected samples from the air handling unit, a report provides insight on needed changes.
Hygienic Duct Cleaning
The regular hygienic cleaning of the ductwork improves ventilation and HVAC energy efficiency. When fresh air circulates through the building without obstruction, the system maintains temperatures, the air is healthier and free of allergens, and lower energy costs result. PURE-Duct hygienic cleaning is a system where high-pressure air turbulence and a HEPA filter knock out then removes built-up debris from inside the ductwork. The result is better air circulation, healthier conditions, and more efficient operation.
PURE-Steam HVAC Coil Cleaning
PURE-Steam HVAC coil cleaning gets inside the AHU with an emphasis on the evaporator coil. Debris gets pushed through the coils and high-temperature steam kills viruses, bacteria, and molds. It also removes odors and improves HVAC energy efficiency.
Better Energy Management
In addition to the systems mentioned above, proactive building management improves energy efficiency across the board. Regular inspections of HVAC systems that include not just cleaning, but changing filters, remain an important part of it. Changing filters alone may not be enough, however. Upgrading to filters with a MERV 13 rating improves efficiency. Also, dealing with water intrusion issues reduces the risk of mold growth. Wide temperature swings may also be the result of blocked or redirected diffusers which requires inspection. Instructing building engineers to monitor dust build-up helps pinpoint potential issues as well. Building managers who stay on top of all these issues get better HVAC energy efficiency as a result.
Improve HVAC Energy Efficiency Today
At Pure Air Control Services, we help businesses improve HVAC system performance through inspections, cleaning, disinfection, and monitoring. Improve the air quality in your buildings today and reduce energy costs tomorrow. Call 1-800-422-7873 or email us here.